News Releases 2005

Responding to Rapid Expansion of LCD Demand
Production of Poval Film for Polarized-Film Manufacturing Shifts Into High Gear

August 9, 2005
Kuraray Co., Ltd.

Kuraray Tamashima Co., Ltd. Kuraray Tamashima Co., Ltd.

Kuraray Tamashima Co., Ltd. (Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture) has completed test operation of expanded poval film manufacturing facilities, boosting the annual production capacity of line number 1 to 15 million m², and these facilities are now in full operation. Poval film is the base for the polarized film that is essential to the manufacture of liquid crystal displays (LCDs). In addition, test operation of line number 2 will commence immediately, following its expansion to an annual production capacity of 15 million m². Combined with the existing capacity of Kuraray Saijo Co., Ltd., Kuraray now has total annual production capacity of 61 million m².

Production capacity (As of August 2005)
Plant Capacity Remarks
Kuraray Saijo(Saijo City, Ehime Prefecture) 31 million m²  
Kuraray Tamashima
(Kurashiki City,Okayama Prefecture)
30 million m² 15 million m² of capacity now in operation
15 million m² more scheduled for test operation
Total 61 million m²  

Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) film has superior transparency, dyeability, static electricity resistance, and stretchability that make it the ideal material for manufacturing the polarized film that is essential to LCD manufacturing.
Kuraray Tamashima's new facilities are capable of producing the wide poval film that is needed for large-screen LCDs, and offers the higher quality required for these larger screens.

As the leading firm in the manufacture of poval film for use in liquid crystal polarized film, Kuraray will contribute to the expansion of the LCD market through the development of new technology and a continuous drive for ever-higher quality.

Overview of the New Facilities

Location Kuraray Tamashima Co., Ltd. (Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture)
Production capacity 30 million m² per year
Total capital investment Line number 1, approximately ¥3.0 billion
Line number 2, approximately ¥2.5 billion
  • * Total annual production capacity including Kuraray Saijo, 61 million m²

Overview of Kuraray Tamashima Co., Ltd.

Location Otoshima 7471, Tamashima, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture
President Katsuhiko Nishiguchi
Capitalization ¥10.0 million (100% owned by Kuraray Co., Ltd.)